Every week, we share the books that have hunted us down and found their way into our bookshelves. This week is extra special as we are launching our new bimonthly theme until end of April:
Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced
Essentially, we are looking for the following books that have these themes:
- Celebration of diversity, being different, taking pride in one’s uniqueness
- The Outliers in the community – those who do not seem to fit in and may be bullied/ostracized as a function of this
- Voices of the silenced: immigrants, LGBT community, women’s voices (her story), the elderly, the differently-abled, the socio-economically disadvantaged
- Multicultural titles defined as: children’s books that represent lifestyle and cultural beliefs of as many children as possible (culled from Lukens, Smith, & Coffel, 2013)
I confess that this makes things considerably easy for me since I am handling a course on Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Promote Socio-emotional learning in the Classroom. And so I would probably make full use of the text-sets that I will be bringing in calss every week.
Picturebooks from the Library
Here are a few books that I feel would fit into our theme quite nicely.
I dreamt… a book about hope by Gabriela Olmos and Yetsa’s Sweater by Sylvia Olsen and illustrated by Joan Larson.
Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith and I am the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon, Exclamation Mark ! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and the amazing Sophie Blackall, Maude: The Not-so-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child and illustrated by Trisha Krauss.
Revisiting YA Novels
When I discovered that this was a book about depression, I decided to save my reading of the book for this current theme: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos.
I borrowed this a year ago but never got a chance to finish the book, but the novel has always haunted me. I have a feeling tht this young genius cartographer would be a perfect fit for our current theme: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.
This is my gift for my theatre-geek daughter during the International Book Giving Day. I feel that Nate is exactly one of the reasons why this particular theme is close to our hearts. I am excited to read this one. Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle.